Jazz for aficionados

Jazz for aficionados

I'm going to review records in my collection, and you'll be able to decide if they're worthy of your collection. These records are what I consider "must haves" for any jazz aficionado, and would be found in their collections. I wont review any record that's not on CD, nor will I review any record if the CD is markedly inferior. Fortunately, I only found 1 case where the CD was markedly inferior to the record.

Our first album is "Moanin" by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. We have Lee Morgan , trumpet; Benney Golson, tenor sax; Bobby Timmons, piano; Jymie merrit, bass; Art Blakey, drums.

The title tune "Moanin" is by Bobby Timmons, it conveys the emotion of the title like no other tune I've ever heard, even better than any words could ever convey. This music pictures a person whose down to his last nickel, and all he can do is "moan".

"Along Came Betty" is a tune by Benny Golson, it reminds me of a Betty I once knew. She was gorgeous with a jazzy personality, and she moved smooth and easy, just like this tune. Somebody find me a time machine! Maybe you knew a Betty.

While the rest of the music is just fine, those are my favorite tunes. Why don't you share your, "must have" jazz albums with us.

Enjoy the music.
Everything I have is a "must have". Why else would I have it?
Today's Listen:

with a cast of thousands.   Taken from the 6CD Complete Group Masterpieces.

Good informative notes by Scott Yanow


just one of those things

deep night

somebody loves me

and 8 more.



folks speak of pre and post Bird, can the same be said of Tatum?  Was his impact, in his era, in the same league?

Rok, I think that it can be said of Tatum; although, not with the same amount of relevance. Tatum was undoubtedly an influential player, but not to the degree that Bird was. He showed what was possible in Jazz as far as sheer virtuosity on the keyboard and he did expand the possibilities in the use of harmony. However, it is generally thought that his influence was not as far reaching as Bird’s. To support this distinction, consider the fact that Tatum’s influence was primarily on other piano players (Oscar Peterson is probably the best example). Bird was hugely influential with all instrumentalists and not just saxophone players. I think it could be said that Tatum was one of the players who cracked open the Bebop door and Bird threw it open.
Concise and precise as always.